Charlotte, NC (population: 723,514) has seven veterinary schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Newberry College, the highest ranked school in this group with a veterinary program, has a total student population of 1,103. It is the 611th highest ranked school in the USA and the 11th highest in the state of South Carolina (#1 is Clemson University).
Veterinary students from Charlotte schools who go on to become veterinarians, animal trainers, dog trainers, veterinary technicians, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 54,130 people working as veterinarians alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $90,110. Also, Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers make on average $23,400 per year and there are about 71,350 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area alone, there are ** employed veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers earning an average salary of $23,570. Veterinarians in this area earn $103,230/yr and there are 310 employed.
Charlotte lies in Mecklenburg county, which is one of the 64 counties in North Carolina. Overall, the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord-SC area has 837,820 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.9% unemployment rate, $21.10/hr average worker wage, and a $43,890 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.371 out of every 1000 jobs in Charlotte are held by veterinarians, and **/1000 are held by veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers.
Of the 7 veterinary schools with a 100-mile radius of Charlotte, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Newberry College comes out as the most expensive ($16,984/yr) for veterinary students, with Central Carolina Community College as the lowest, reported at only $7,918/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Charlotte|
|Rock Hill||SC||72,341||5||30.0256||144||21.3 miles|
|Winston Salem||NC||-||7||32.3218||230||70.4 miles|
|High Point||NC||105,064||3||31.8326||88||71.3 miles|
|Banner Elk||NC||-||1||22.4512||43||88.7 miles|